Key public health messages to inform local action
- No powdered infant formula is sterile which is why safe preparation and handling, and having enough fuel to be able to boil a kettle and sterilise equipment, is an important aspect of providing support. Formula feeding | Parent Club
- All first formula milks must meet the same nutritional composition standards by law. There is no difference between brands and price does not mean a higher level of quality.
- First formula milks can be used up to the age of 1.
- Follow-on formula could be harmful to infants under 6 months.
- After the age of 1, breastfeeding can continue and cow’s milk can be introduced. Formula milk is not required after the age of 1.
- Growing up/toddler milks These are different product to follow-on formula products and do not come under the same nutritional composition regulations as infant formula and follow-on formula› are unnecessary and not recommended as part of a toddler diet.
- Growing up/toddler milks should not be given to an infant under 12 months as they may be harmful to them.
- Only use specialised milk (foods used for special dietary purposes) on the advice of a healthcare professional.
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